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What is ORCID?

ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, provides a persistent digital identifier that helps researchers and scholars to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names. 

Find out more information about ORCID here.

Having an ORCID gives you the following benefits:

  • Accurate author identification
  • Online user profile
  • Publication list
  • Ability to combine and deduplicate ResearcherID and Scopus ID
  • User privacy controls
  • Well supported by many publishers: some publishers are passing ORCID iDs through the entire publication process


Additionally, ORCID is an open, non-profit and community-driven effort. Its registry offers an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current researcher ID schemes.

ORCID has the following limitations:

  • No citation metrics available
  • Generally does not recognise duplicate publication records well at the moment

Include your ORCID identifier on your researcher profile page, in your signature block, on publication submissions, grant applications, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work. It is a good idea to link it to other identifiers such as ReseacherID and Scopus Author ID so that all your works can be readily associated with your research profile.

ORCID allows you to link to your profile with other databases.

In particular, ORCID:

  • integrates with ResearcherID allowing you to exchange data between ORCID and ResearcherID, including your profile information and your publication list.
  • integrates with Scopus Author ID allowing you to import publications asociated with your Scopus Author ID

There are a few different ways to add publications to your ORCID profile:

This blog post outlines ways to get the most out of your unique ORCID.

If you have an idea of how you think ORCID could improve their service you can post it on the ORCID ideas forum and track the development status.


Check out the ORCID blog for all ORCID news and latest developments.